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Alan Pardew tells Newcastle he wants to leave for Crystal Palace

• Manager calls time on four-year reign at St James’ Park
• Peter Beardsley to step into short-term caretaker role
• Alan Pardew was not always loved at Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew is set to sever ties with Newcastle United after a tempestuous four-year spell in charge on Tyneside and return to his first professional club, Crystal Palace. Discussions over a compensation package were agreed on Monday night.

The Premier League’s second longest serving manager had made clear to the Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, his desire to leave St James’ Park in favour of joining Palace, where he spent more than four years as a player. Ashley is currently on holiday in Barbados but, with Pardew’s intent expressed, opened negotiations with the London club’s co-owner, Steve Parish, on Monday. Pardew is contracted to 2020 but a fee of around £3m is expected to secure his release and allow him to take up the reins at Selhurst Park.

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